The Blood-Stained Stars/Chapter 2 - Automaton Impediment

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The Blood-Stained Stars
Chapter 1: Quality of Mercy

1 Beacon Beckons
2 Agent Inquiry
3 Of Interest
4 Retrieving Red
5 Alerting Alitura
6 Jet-Canning a Janitor
7 Chivvying a Chef
8 Delivering a Doctor
9 Engineering a Rescue
10 Going Gallente

Chapter 2: Automaton Impediment

11 Studying the Scene
12 Rendering Assistance
13 Lair of the Snakes
14 Data Retrieval
15 Crossing Enemy Lines

Chapter 3: Shadow Puppets

16 Passive Observation
17 House of Records
18 Mercenary Distractions
19 An Economy Under Threat
20 Every Drone Inside
21 A Sense of Dread

Chapter 4: Queens And Drones

22 Royal Jelly
23 Nature Pictures
24 Tracking or Scanning
25a Tracking the Queen (Part 1)
26a Tracking the Queen (Part 2)
27a Tracking the Queen (Part 3)
25b Bag of Blood
26b Planting the Body
27b Chasing a Nightmare
28 Burning Down the Hive
29 It's Not Over Yet

Chapter 5: Shifting Foundations

30 An Eye on Everything
31 The Uses of Force
32 Goading the Leader
33 Hunting the Lieutenants
34 Valuable Cargo
35 Marked for Death
36 Thwarting the Succession
37 Certificate of Death

Chapter 6: A Breach of Trust

38 A Matter of Decorum
39 New Friends
40 Recovery
41 Of Quiet Nights Long Past
42 Revelations
43 A Call to Trial
44 Brothers and Sisters

Chapter 7: Closing In

45 A Stranger's Face
46 The Sisters and the Spy
47 Sealing the Deal
48 Chasing Shadows
49 The Missing Piece
50 Our Man Dagan
51 Dal Segno Al Fine

Main article: The Blood-Stained Stars

Mission 11 - Studying the Scene

TypeEncounter
ObjectiveRetrieve Corrupted Drone Components
Rewards100,000 ISK + ~135,000 ISK (bonus)
Delphine Xarasier
Mission briefing
Alitura said you needed more information about some kind of drone problem.

The Sisters have referred a few promising capsuleers in the past, so I'm willing to give you a chance, but I can't do anything else until this mess I'm dealing with has been taken care of. If you could retrieve some drones from Harerget, that would speed things up considerably.

You see, every drone in that system has ceased responding to signals. That just doesn't happen with Federation technology… unless the drones have been destroyed. Our research and development team needs whatever components still exist in order to analyze the remains.

Fly out there and bring back one of the drones – or any parts that might remain. You'll need to be careful. There were no signs of other ships in the system, so I have no idea what could have destroyed our drones.


Early Drones
The first drones in the Gallente-Caldari war were little more than mines with proximity detonators and limited movement, but soon they advanced to a level where a single drone rivaled a solo-fighter’s capabilities. The drones reversed the tide of the war and helped create a stalemate between the two empires.

Objectives
Retrieve the Corrupted Drone Components (1.0 m³) and return them to Delphine Xarasier.


You will warp in at 36 km from the Corrupted Drone container. Head towards that container to loot it. At 45-50 km, 3 x "Broken Duvolle Laboratories Recon Drone" will be orbiting. You can ignore these drones completely - they will not attack. If you attack them anyway, they will pop quickly - and interestingly, the names of their wrecks change to random rogue drone wreck names, e.g. Mammon Apis Wreck or Belphegor Apis Wreck.

Grab the item and return to the agent.


Wave 1
WD EWAR L


Drone 2 x Drone Broken Duvolle Laboratories Recon Drones
Frigate 1 x Frigate Broken Duvolle Laboratories Recon Drones

Mission 12 - Rendering Assistance

TypeCourier
ObjectiveDeliver Antibiotics
Rewards100,000 ISK + ~80,000 ISK (bonus)
Mission briefing
A recently established colony still depends on Federation support for items they can’t produce yet. Their last shipment of medical supplies was lost en route, and we think it may be due to rogue drone action. Regardless, this batch of supplies needs to get through. Lives are depending on it.

Colonial Supplies
The Gallente Federation emphasizes personal freedoms and accomplishments, but they also believe in providing the tools for personal advancement. Gallente believe in ”investing in the future,” so shipments of supplies for new colonies are almost always supported by lobbyists and the government. History has shown that the returns generated over the years more than repay the initial investment.

Objective
Deliver the antibiotics to the Colonial Supply Depot - Location: 0.8 Harerget

Notes
--You can complete this mission and accept the next one remotely.--

Be sure to load the 1 x Antibiotics (0.2 m³) into your ship cargo bay before leaving the station. This is a very easy mission. You will warp in at 45 km from the Colonial Supply Depot container. Simply approach it, open it, and transfer the Antibiotics to that container.

Mission 13 - Lair of the Snakes

TypeEncounter
ObjectiveDestroy Serpentis ships
FactionSerpentis
Best damage to dealKinetic damage KinThermal damage Th
Damage to resistThermal damage ThKinetic damage Kin
Rewards100,000 ISK + ~125,000 ISK (bonus)
Mission briefing
I told you I'd help if you helped me. Well, the Serpentis Corporation has just kidnapped one of CreoDron’s top minds, Dr. Aspasia Castille. She was analyzing those drone parts that you recovered earlier. The information she has is critical to figuring out what’s going wrong with the drones, but the Serpentis aren’t going to let her go without a fight. They’re planning to take her to their installation at Harerget. I want you to get there first. Destroy their base and the ships guarding it before the transport ship arrives.

The Serpentis Corporation began as a Gallente research firm, developing over time into the notorious drug cartel that they are today. The Serpentis have an ongoing deal with the Angel Cartel to provide protection for various Serpentis research stations. There are substantial bounties issued by the Gallente Federation Navy on any ranking officer in the Serpentis Corporation.

--You can accept this mission remotely.--

Objective
Clear the area of Serpentis pirates and ambush the personal transport in Harerget

Notes
--You can complete this mission and accept the next one remotely.--

You will warp in about 25 km from the Serpentis base (named Serpentis Research Laboratory), which will be guarded by five Serpentis frigates.

When you destroy the third wave, a Serpentis Personnel Transport will appear at 70 km and warp off. It is worth noting that it is not actually necessary to destroy the base - which requires a lot of ammunition - in order to complete the mission.


Wave 1
WD EWAR L


Frigate 5 x Frigate Coreli Scout/Spy/...


Wave 2 (20 km)
WD EWAR L


Frigate 3 x Frigate Coreli Watchman/Patroller
Destroyer 2 x Destroyer Corelior Infantry/Soldier


Wave 3
WD EWAR L


Frigate 3 x Frigate Coreli Watchman/Patroller
Cruiser 1 x Cruiser Corelum Chief Scout/Spy
In local:
Transport Ship Bitis, abort your delivery. Our location is compromised. Move on to secondary site!


Mission 14 - Data Retrieval

TypeEncounter
ObjectiveRetrieve Dr. Castille's Data Core (Property of CreoDron)
FactionAngel Cartel
Best damage to dealExplosive damage ExKinetic damage Kin
Damage to resistExplosive damage ExKinetic damage Kin
Rewards100,000 ISK + ~160,000 ISK (bonus)
Mission briefing
Since you destroyed the Serpentis research station, the transport ship headed to another location to make the transfer. Though we were able to intercept, both ships were lost in the course of the ensuing battle. However, we believe a datacore containing Dr. Castille's notes may still exist.

Your task is to go to Harerget, locate the datacore, and bring it back to me.

Be warned, all indications are that the ship was contracted by the Guardian Angels as part of their protection agreement with the Serpentis Corporation. I'm sure they'll send a ship to scan the wreckage and see what can be salvaged as well. They will be looking for some way to recoup part of their loss.


Guardian Angels
The Guardian Angels are a division of the Angel Cartel occupied with guarding Serpentis space stations. The Angel Cartel is the largest and best organized of the space-based criminal factions. The Angels are divided into several groups, each with a distinct function. The Angels recruit members from all the races and are thus not bound to any one zone of operation.

--You can accept this mission remotely.--

Objective
Retrieve the CreoDron data core from the Destroyed Ship and bring it to Agent Delphine.

Notes
The container is not locked. So you can just grab the item and return to agent without firing a single shot.

You will warp in at about 25-40 km from the Destroyed Ship container. It will be guarded by 5 Gistii frigates all at about 35-50 km range.


Wave 1
WD EWAR L


Frigate 5 x Frigate Gistii Nomads/... Target Painter


Wave 2 (10 km)
WD EWAR L


Frigate 4 x Frigate Gistii Nomads/... Target Painter
Destroyer 1-2 x Destroyer Gistior Defacer/Defiler


Wave 3 (10 km)
WD EWAR L


Frigate 4 x Frigate Gistii Nomads/...
Cruiser 1 x Cruiser Angel Forward Scout

Mission 15 - Crossing Enemy Lines

TypeTravel
Rewards100,000 ISK + 149,000 ISK (bonus)
Mission briefing
The datacore you recovered has proved interesting. Before her kidnapping, Dr. Castille found several oddities in the drone components. Honestly, it's created more questions than answers for CreoDron staff. As a sign of good faith, I'm going to share some information with you. Our drones are being corrupted by some other kind of drone. I need you to take some information to a friend of mine in Caldari space. They've also been suffering from drone problems recently, and this data may help him and his people. I need you to keep this quiet: Our friendship isn't exactly something we're broadcasting, not with both of our empires at each other's throats.

If you agree, I'll make sure the information is securely hidden onboard your ship. You'll never even know it's there; all you have to do is go and talk to Immuri Asaka, and he'll take care of the rest.



Recent Gallente-Caldari Relations
Caldari Prime is the homeworld of the Caldari people. It was claimed and occupied by the Gallente Federation for nearly two centuries, until recent actions by then-head of State Tibus Heth temporarily brought it back under Caldari control. The Gallente eventually loosened his grip on the planet, which is currently being monitored by the (relatively) impartial Mordu's Legion.



Old briefing text:
Recent Gallente-Caldari Relations - A Federation-owned Nyx-class carrier rammed into a Caldari station owned by the Ishukone mega-corporation, killing hundreds of thousands of people, including the Caldari State’s most popular centrist figure, Otro Gariushi. In retaliation, the Caldari Navy crossed the Border Zone, fighting their way to Caldari Prime in Luminaire. The Gallente Federation’s forces were soundly defeated. Caldari armed forces succeeded in taking control of the planet and seizing millions of Gallente hostages. For now, Caldari Prime is firmly in the hands of the Caldari State, despite its location in Federation Space and despite the exposed Caldari flanks in their own territories. Based on the rhetoric flowing from both sides, hostilities are only going to increase, and people maintaining connections with the enemy will place themselves and their corporations at risk.

Objective
Report to Immuri Asaka at Hatakani VI - Moon 4 - Hyasyoda Corporation Refinery.

This is a simple travel mission - there is no danger of attack. Make Hatakani your destination - seven high sec jumps - and check in with Immuri Asaka there.